Latchis screens garden film as a thank you to Gordon Hayward

BRATTLEBORO — In an evening devoted to gardens and gratitude, Latchis Arts presents a special screening of the film Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf on Saturday, March 23, at 4 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St.

The March 23 screening has special meaning as an opportunity to express thanks to Gordon Hayward, the noted garden designer and author, who served for eight years on the board of Latchis Arts, including four as its president. Hayward selected Five Seasons as a film he wished to be shown at the Latchis.

After completing a feature documentary on New York City's High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf immerses viewers in Oudolf's work and his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches to theories on beauty to the ecological implications of his ideas.

Intimate discussions take place through all four seasons in Oudolf's own gardens and on visits to his signature public works in New York (where he designed The High Line), Chicago, and The Netherlands, as well as far-flung locations that inspire his genius.

The film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a work he considers his best yet.

East Bay Times hailed Five Seasons as a film “anyone who relishes time in a garden will understand and cherish.” The Chicago Tribune said it “makes lovely visual music.”

“Those with a green thumb will be delighted to discover new ways to think about their gardens,” added the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The running time for Five Seasons is 74 minutes. It will be shown in the Main Theater.

Admission is by suggested donation of $15 (more is welcome) to benefit Latchis Arts, the nonprofit whose mission is to take care of the Latchis Memorial Building for future generations while promoting and hosting activities there for the benefit of our communities.

Following the screening, there will be a reception to celebrate Gordon and Mary Hayward's commitment to the Latchis and to our communities at Duo Restaurant, 136 Main St. For more information, visit

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